Segla, the name already sounds challenging and promising. After driving the breathtaking scenic tourist route of Senja, we arrive in the coastal village of Fjordgard. Here starts the hike to mountain top Segla. Actually this hike ended up on my wishlist only a few days before leaving for Northern Norway, when I saw a beautiful picture of rugged mountain peaks on Pinterest: Segla. I read that it took less than two hours to reach the top at 639 metres and that the view from these high cliffs would be dazzling. I was hoping that the weather gods would be nice to us, because we only had one day on Senja. When we arrived on Senja, we were welcomed by a bright blue sky and sunshine. On this beautiful sunny day we start the climb, full of enthusiasm and full of expectations. Never had I thought that I would be thanking Pinterest afterwards, because this was literally one of the highlights of our trip.
An easy start of the climb
The hike is clearly marked and signposted and first brings us through a bald and slightly soggy birch forest. The climb is gradual, but this is just a warm up. If you look at Segla mountain, you might think being able to reach the top in no time, but the magnificent views from this mountain should be earned. The trail is getting steeper and rockier. To reach the top first follows a climb on a trail full of boulders. This section is followed by an incredibly steep rocky climb over the ridge. You should be careful because not all stones are stable and sometimes the trail gets slippery. But the views are getting incredible. After a few minutes of climbing, we see the surrounding landscape unfolding slowly around us. Mountain peaks, fjords and lakes. Kilometers in the distance, a view on the rugged unspoiled surroundings of Senja.
A though climb to the top
The climb is quite exciting at some points, I must honestly say. It’s steep, high and the trail follows the edge of the ever-higher vertical cliffs. This climb is not for the faint hearted because you’ll enjoy dazzling views. On the top there are a series of big rocks, a Norwegian flag and a letter box with a guest booklet. Of course, we write the date and our names in the booklet, as a proof that we have reached the top. On this summit the panoramic view is phenomenal. Literally and figuratively breathtaking. The sky is clear so we have a 360 degree view on one of the most beautiful, most rugged and most overwhelming nature spots that I’ve ever seen. Fog patches and a few low clouds float along the jagged mountain peaks, the wind blows gently and it’s a pleasure to be on this iconic top. Segla is a highlight on which you keep marveling at the majesty of nature. You really feel small here. We see a part of the route that we have travelled by car, but also lots of rocky peaks that rise from the sea. The cliffs on which we find ourselves are known for their height and the fact that they offer 600 meters of vertical emptiness. They are so impressive. I usually sit or stand on the edge of rocks but here I don’t. First of all, I don’t want to take unnecessary risks, in addition I must admit that it’s a little bit scary. A little further off the edge we make a few photos and we don’t forget to pose near the flag before we start the descent.
The steep rocky descent asks for continuous attention and it’s a relief when we reach the first part of the trail. Including a long break at the top this hike took us three and a half hours.
If you’re planning to visit Senja, you should definitely put this hike on your bucketlist. Segla and its imposing cliffs and peaks are rugged and pristine and surrounded by magnificent landscapes.